Hopkins or Georgetown?

<p>I am a hopeful premed choosing between the two. Which one would you choose for Biochemistry in terms of being able to conduct research, volunteer, and excel in coursework in order to maintain that high GPA?</p>

<p>I was deciding between the two and I chose Hopkins-its definitely a better, school, and Georgetown's med programs are not that great, I hear. Besides, Johns Hopkins is practically synonymous with medicine</p>

<p>biochemistry.. definitely Johns Hopkins. G'town doesnt come close to the sciences at JHU..but not a bad school for many other things :)</p>

<p>Good luck</p>

<p>lol...no competition :-P</p>

<p>Hopkins suffers from grade deflation and ultra-competitive students. At georgetown, there isn't as much deflation yet the students are much more supportive of each other. Georgetown's med school acceptance rate is also like 90%. Plus, Georgetown is located in a much nicer area and enjoys more prestige. Guess which one I would pick?</p>

<p>I'm sorry, but that's just not true. Yes Hopkins has this stigma of being ultra-competitive, but most students would tell you that its just not true. Yeah, everyone wants to do well in classes, but it's not at the expense of other students. Most people here understand you have to work with other people if you want to do well. Just look at how hard it is to get a group study room in the library during reading period...</p>

<p>As for the grade deflation... evidence? No, we don't have grade inflation and give 60+% A's like some of the Ivy League schools, but at the same time, there's no plan to drive people's grades down...</p>

<p>I don't know anything about Georgetown, so I can't really make a comparision.. but those statements about Hopkins are just false.</p>

<p>Hey Milkmagn ... there is nothing wrong praising Georgetown, it is a fantastic school. But there is no reason that you have to post negative (AND INCORRECT) statements about Hopkins ... it doesn't make Georgetown look any better as a school. Plus, based on your comments about Hopkins, clearly you are not a credible source. </p>

<p>Georgetown and Hopkins are both great schools ... and the best way to compare is to visit and see which one fits best. It is an individual decision ... some will choose Georgetown, some will choose Hopkins.</p>

<p>A comment on the "grade deflation issue". Son is a humanities major (but keep in mind you can major in a humanities field and still be pre-med). He is a sophmore. Last semester grades A,A,A,A, and A. (Us parents love to brag.) If you do the work you can pull down those As. Son has not taken Biochem so perhaps thats a whole different story.
Finally son's high school GPA was 3.6. I love those chances threads that call such a GPA as "weak" for JHU. Not only can you be accepted but you can thrive despite some Bs in high school!</p>

<p>Hopkins is not an easy school. But it happens to be amazing academically. And just a note, Hopkins does not offer a major in biochemistry, but their bio program is great and BME is the best in the world.</p>

<p>When we visited Hopkins they addressed grade deflation. Maybe it was true at one time but not anymore. My son loved both schools. We're keeping our fingers crossed for Hopkins.</p>

<p>I'm looking at the same decision, and I'm fairly certain I'm going to choose Hopkins. Along with everything that everyone has already stated about the academics at Hopkins, I also believe that Georgetown is snobbish. Please do not attack me for this comment, its just my personal opinion. I would visit both universities though and make a personal decision.</p>

<p>I am also looking at both schools. I was admitted EA to Georgetown, and applied RD to Hopkins. I agree that both are amazing schools, and have top notch programs in the respective focuses; but I find in funny that so many people apply to both because to me they are very different (but I applied to both too, so....I guess I can't talk) </p>

<p>On a side note: Which one is considered to be more selective in admissions? Becuase I have a hard time comparing Georgetown's admissions to other schools.</p>

<p>The last time I checked Georgetown's site, they had numbers. I think they might have admitted few students than Hopkins, but who cares. No offense to Dartmouth, Brown,... but they admitted fewer students than us and I think we're much better. The numbers aren't important.</p>

<p>Funny how some things don't change - I was deciding between JHU and Georgetown almost 30 years ago! I chose JHU, and I never regretted my decision. I met my best and longest- lasting friends there, two of my best friends met husbands there, and we all go back frequently to reunions, lacrosse games, whatever (from the metro NY area.) Oh - and we are all successful in our careers - doctors, lawyers, investment bankers, academics. And two in our group have children studying there now.</p>

<p>Could all of this have happened at Georgetown? Of course! That's the beauty part. Pick the school your gut tells you is right. You can't make a bad choice.</p>

<p>Johns Hopkins is definitely the better choice for life sciences in general compared to Georgetown.</p>

<p>In terms of prestige, Georgetown gets minimal prestige in science while JHU gets lots of prestige in the sciences.</p>

<p>Even beyond the sciences, I think JHU just has a more academic reputation than Georgetown. Arguably, Georgetown has a great SFS which attracts top students but even that is comparable to JHU International Studies department. Georgetown seems to be a more 'fun' locale, but JHU definitely has the academic reputation battle won in this case. </p>

<p>Both schools can give any top student what they want as they have great resources and great campuses - it comes down to personal preference of course.</p>

<p>If you get in both, you should go for Hopkins,, like everybody else. Even though it is ultra competitive in science fields, I suggest there's much more to earn w/ science prestige and undergrad support for grad school.</p>

<p>Not to undermine JHU on their own board but I don't think there is a placement difference that makes it worth choosing it over Gtown when these are so different socially. I would personally go to Gtown, get a better GPA, and have more fun in a less competitive atmosphere.</p>

<p>I think JHU is more fun and less competitive than people believe it to be.</p>